Articles & Nouns

Using Articles : 

The evolution of man / The book is about evolution ( use article “the” when you are referring to something specific, like the water in sonoma creek, but when you refer to water in “water is an essential part of life and air is too, but the air in LA is bad )

Articles & Singular Nouns : 

  • A pencil contains lead 
  • I need a Pencil 
  • The Pencil on that desk is Jim’s 
  • My Pencil is on that desk  ( is better than ) The Pencil on that desk is mine 

Articles & Plural Nouns :

You don’t need to use articles at all when you have plurals, except for specific objects  

  • Pencils contain lead 
  • Bob has some pencils in the pocket 
  • The pencils on that desk is Jim’s 
  • Bananas are yellow ( is better than A Banana is yellow )

Articles & NonCount Nouns : 

  • I like music / The music is too loud 
  • I would like to have some water 
  • Food is good for you / The Food in this bowl is good for you 

Note : You can’t use many for non-counts 

Examples : Food, Water , Furniture, Luggage, air 

Some of the usage of Non-Count Nouns 

  • Knowledge is power 
  • Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder 
  • How these things came into “the” picture 

Where ever you use quantity to describe you use plural or singular based on context 

  • A Child that is 2 years old 
  • He is a 2 year old child 
  • My son is a 2 year old or My son is 2 years old 

Article & Idioms : 

They have a “Hard TIme”  ( you usually use an article based on the context , but you always use an article for Idioms ) – Idioms can’t be literally understood 

Ex Idiom – Monkeys are able to tell the difference 

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